12 types of Play Based Care & Learning


By Amber Greenwood

As children grow and develop, their play evolves. Certain types of play are associated with, but not restricted to, specific ages.

  1. Unoccupied – infant play, kicking, moving
  2. Solitary – playing alone
  3. Onlooker – watching other children
  4. Cooperative – group play
  5. Associative – children beginning to play together
  6. Parallel – playing side by side
  7. Constructive – building and creating
  8. Physical – supports muscle development
  9. Expressive – expressive feelings through play
  10. Competitive – learning about fairness, rules, turns
  11. Fantasy – imagining and thinking creatively
  12. Digital – eye contact and attention

Early Childhood Australia states that, “Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. The intellectual and cognitive benefits of playing have been well documented. Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2005).”

Overall PLAY is an amazing and fun way for your children to grow and learn while they are feeling safe and supported.

Optima kids strives to provide a warm, caring, safe and nurturing environment with a play-based program of activities for children to explore while learning.

Optima run three different care sessions, Monday to Friday 9.10- 10.30, 10.35-12.05 or do both 9.10 – 12.05 and on a Monday and Wednesday 9.10 – 2pm.

Amber has been working in Children Services since beginning her Mother Craft diploma in 1998. She has also completed a post graduated certificate in Social Science Pre and Post-natal support. She now manages the occasional care at Optima.

Bodrova, E. & Leong, D. J. (2005).
Uniquely preschool: What research tells us about the ways young children learn.
Educational Leadership, 63(1), 44-47.

Peninsula Kids – Summer 2018/19


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